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Though the term "Gold Wing" could refer to the [[Alliance to Restore the Republic|Rebel Alliance's]] [[Gold Squadron (Rebel Alliance)|Gold Squadron]],<ref name="CSWE">''[[The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia]]''</ref> the designation was also the [[call sign]] of an individual [[pilot]] who served with the [[squadron]].<ref name="ROTJ novel" /> In [[4 ABY]], after learning that the [[Galactic Empire]] was constructing a [[Death Star II|second Death Star]] in the [[Endor system]], the Rebel Alliance decided to launch an [[Battle of Endor|attack]] on the incomplete [[battlestation]]. A [[Endor strike team|commando team]] was dispatched to the [[Endor|Forest Moon of Endor]] to destroy the [[Deflector shield generator|shield generator]] protecting the [[Death Star]]; with the [[deflector shield]] out of the way, the [[Alliance Fleet]] under the [[Mon Calamari]] [[Admiral]] [[Ackbar]] could arrive in-[[Star system|system]] to destroy the station. However, the Alliance had fallen into a trap orchestrated by [[Galactic Emperor|Emperor]] [[Palpatine]]; when the Alliance Fleet arrived, they were trapped between an Imperial [[fleet]] and a shielded and operational Death Star. As the battle raged between the opposing armadas, the strike team succeeded in destroying the shield generator, leaving the Death Star vulnerable to attack.<ref name="ROTJ">''[[Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]''</ref>
 
Though the term "Gold Wing" could refer to the [[Alliance to Restore the Republic|Rebel Alliance's]] [[Gold Squadron (Rebel Alliance)|Gold Squadron]],<ref name="CSWE">''[[The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia]]''</ref> the designation was also the [[call sign]] of an individual [[pilot]] who served with the [[squadron]].<ref name="ROTJ novel" /> In [[4 ABY]], after learning that the [[Galactic Empire]] was constructing a [[Death Star II|second Death Star]] in the [[Endor system]], the Rebel Alliance decided to launch an [[Battle of Endor|attack]] on the incomplete [[battlestation]]. A [[Endor strike team|commando team]] was dispatched to the [[Endor|Forest Moon of Endor]] to destroy the [[Deflector shield generator|shield generator]] protecting the [[Death Star]]; with the [[deflector shield]] out of the way, the [[Alliance Fleet]] under the [[Mon Calamari]] [[Admiral]] [[Ackbar]] could arrive in-[[Star system|system]] to destroy the station. However, the Alliance had fallen into a trap orchestrated by [[Galactic Emperor|Emperor]] [[Palpatine]]; when the Alliance Fleet arrived, they were trapped between an Imperial [[fleet]] and a shielded and operational Death Star. As the battle raged between the opposing armadas, the strike team succeeded in destroying the shield generator, leaving the Death Star vulnerable to attack.<ref name="ROTJ">''[[Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]''</ref>
   
[[General]] [[Lando Calrissian]], flying the [[YT-1300 light freighter|freighter]] ''[[Millennium Falcon]]'' as [[Gold Leader]], used the opportunity to lead several Rebel starfighters&mdash;including Gold Wing&mdash;into the battlestation's superstructure to destroy the Death Star's main [[Reactor core|reactor]].<ref name="ROTJ novel" />
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[[General]] [[Lando Calrissian]], flying the [[YT-1300 light freighter|freighter]] ''[[Millennium Falcon]]'' as [[Gold Leader]], used the opportunity to lead several Rebel starfighters&mdash;including Gold Wing&mdash;into the battlestation's superstructure to destroy the Death Star's main [[Reactor core|reactor]]. Racing through the battlestation's interior, the Rebels contended with numerous obstacles and pursuing Imperial [[TIE/ln starfighter|TIE fighters]]. Several Alliance starfighters broke off and doubled-back to the Death Star's surface, luring away some of the [[TIE series|TIE]] fighters and leaving Calrissian, [[Red Leader]] [[Wedge Antilles]], and Gold Wing to destroy the reactor. Gold Wing fell in behind the other two as the trio of ships homed in on their target, but this move left the pilot vulnerable&mdash;Gold Wing was shot down by one of the remaining Imperials.<ref name="ROTJ novel" />
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
The unidentified pilot known only as "Gold Wing" appeared in the [[1983]] [[Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (novel)|novelization]] of ''[[Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]''.
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The unidentified pilot known only as "Gold Wing" briefly appeared in the [[1983]] [[Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (novel)|novelization]] of ''[[Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]''.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==

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Gold Wing was the call sign of member of Gold Squadron, a Rebel Alliance starfighter squadron during the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY. Gold Wing was one of many pilots who followed Gold Leader Lando Calrissian, flying the light freighter Millennium Falcon, into the superstructure of the incomplete second Death Star near the climax of the battle. The pilot remained with Calrissian and Red Leader Wedge Antilles as they approached the battlestation's reactor core, but Gold Wing was shot down by an Imperial TIE fighter before they could reach their target.

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Though the term "Gold Wing" could refer to the Rebel Alliance's Gold Squadron,[2] the designation was also the call sign of an individual pilot who served with the squadron.[1] In 4 ABY, after learning that the Galactic Empire was constructing a second Death Star in the Endor system, the Rebel Alliance decided to launch an attack on the incomplete battlestation. A commando team was dispatched to the Forest Moon of Endor to destroy the shield generator protecting the Death Star; with the deflector shield out of the way, the Alliance Fleet under the Mon Calamari Admiral Ackbar could arrive in-system to destroy the station. However, the Alliance had fallen into a trap orchestrated by Emperor Palpatine; when the Alliance Fleet arrived, they were trapped between an Imperial fleet and a shielded and operational Death Star. As the battle raged between the opposing armadas, the strike team succeeded in destroying the shield generator, leaving the Death Star vulnerable to attack.[3]

General Lando Calrissian, flying the freighter Millennium Falcon as Gold Leader, used the opportunity to lead several Rebel starfighters—including Gold Wing—into the battlestation's superstructure to destroy the Death Star's main reactor. Racing through the battlestation's interior, the Rebels contended with numerous obstacles and pursuing Imperial TIE fighters. Several Alliance starfighters broke off and doubled-back to the Death Star's surface, luring away some of the TIE fighters and leaving Calrissian, Red Leader Wedge Antilles, and Gold Wing to destroy the reactor. Gold Wing fell in behind the other two as the trio of ships homed in on their target, but this move left the pilot vulnerable—Gold Wing was shot down by one of the remaining Imperials.[1]

Personality and traits

Behind the scenes

The unidentified pilot known only as "Gold Wing" briefly appeared in the 1983 novelization of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Appearances

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